I’m not sure what to do about the Native American Romance series. While some people are interested in the books, the majority are not, and I have to decide what books I’m going to write and in what order. I also have a family to support. Now that I am starting to make a living off of my work, I want to keep doing that. I’m not saying I’ll always be able to support my family off my writing. Who knows what the economy will do or how the future plays out? That’s all up to God anyway.
But I do have to make some decisions based on what has been working and what hasn’t. I need to position myself in the best possible way so I can have a better chance at achieving my goal: supporting my family off my writing. In making this decision, I have to take into consideration some trends I’ve noticed on my books, overall.
1. Restoring Hope is one of my worst selling books. It barely brings home anything. Whether it’s the plot, book cover, book summary or the fact that it’s an interracial romance (or all of the above), I don’t know, but not enough people are interested in it to justify the time and money that went into it.
2. People are more excited about the Nebraska series. In fact, the Larsons are my most popular books, overall. I get more emails asking me when I’ll come out with my next Larson book than any other email.
3. I have lots of ideas for the Larson family. In addition to Joel’s story, I have eight of Dave and Mary’s children to write about. That alone would take me a minimum of two years to work on if I did absolutely no other books because that’s nine books right there.
4. I don’t plan to write any more for the South Dakota series. Jeremy and Jane’s story will close up that series. It’s a nice trilogy, and I think it ought to stay that way. I was thinking of redeeming Troy from Loving Eliza, but to be honest, I think he’s best left as he is: in jail.
5. I may or may not work on my novella ideas. The problems with the novellas I write are few people are interested in them and I get complaints that they are too short, and yes, I get these complaints more than I get complaints about sex in my books. So novellas are turning a lot of people off from my work. They want full-length novels instead. Sales and reviews back this up.
6. Add to that, I also have a tendency to want to expand every novella I write. I’m not saying the ones I have out now aren’t okay as they are, but each time I come up with an idea, I want to make it a full-length book. Mitch’s Win, for example, is a book that doesn’t want to be a novella. In fact, I might merge the idea for Mitch’s Win into a Larson book for one of Dave and Mary’s sons. The other novella idea I had (Cherish Evermore which was going to be Irving Spencer’s story–he’s the one who was supposed to marry Jenny Larson) just isn’t appealing to me, and as sad as this might be to admit, I’m not excited about it because he’s physically incapable of having sex. I’d rather just say he finds a woman with a medican condition where she wasn’t born with a vagina (it’s rare but it happens) so the couple is a perfect match. So that’s the story, and to be honest, I’m not interested in writing it. I like my work to be R if it’s romance. My sci-fi thriller stuff is fine without the sex but the content in those books will be more for adults because of the topics I introduce.
So where do I go with the Native American series?
I have three options on the able that I am currently debating.
1. Remove all the books.
2. Go back and make it a two-part series instead of three, which means getting rid of Bound by Honor, Bound by Love. Then I would go to Restoring Hope and Brave Beginnings and remove any leads up to the third book. I would hire someone to help me with this since that is a time consuming task, and that’s time I could spend working on a Larson book which people do want to read.
3. Leave Bound by Honor, Bound by Love on the To-Be-Written list but don’t set a time frame on when I’ll write it. So I don’t know when I’ll write it, but it certainly isn’t the priority because of the lack of interest in it. Do I want to write it? Eh. Kind of and kind of not. I’m more excited about the Larsons, too, to be honest. I love historical westerns the best. I’m also excited about Kate Page’s work. So many ideas, so little time…